Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, with a population of over 10 million. It is located on the northwest of the Java island and its history dates back to the 4th century. Today the city is made up of 5 districts: South Jakarta, East Jakarta, Central Jakarta, West Jakarta and North Jakarta, as well as several suburbs.
It also is the country's economic, cultural and political centre and the most populous city in Southeast Asia. As with all urban living, major roads are packed up during rush hours and pollution remains a challenge. Nonetheless, Jakarta remains one of Asia's most exciting and lively global cities.
There is plenty to do and lots to see in Jakarta, from green parks and museums, to cosmopolitan shopping, diverse gourmet choices, and one of the hippest nightlife in Southeast Asia.
|Weather||The climate is tropical, with a long wet season from November to June, and a dry season for the rest of the year.|
|Language||Bahasa Indonesia is the national language. Jakarta's street language, Bahasa Jakarta, is loosely based on the native Betawi language. English is commonly spoken by the educated and the younger generation, and by those working in restaurants, shops, businesses and other places frequented by foreigners.|
|Currency||Rupiah (abbrev. Rp)|
|Time Difference||GMT +7 hours|
|Gratuity||Tipping is not expected when taking a taxi, but rounding up the fare to the next Rp1000 is common.|
|Water||Bottled water is recommended. Ensure the tamper-proof seal is intact when buying bottled water especially when it is from street vendors.|